Coalition members back Rothman after he snatches protester’s megaphone in NYC

Religious Zionism MK Simcha Rothman (C) scuffles with a protester in New York as he grabs her megaphone on June 2, 2023. (Screenshot used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)
Religious Zionism MK Simcha Rothman (C) scuffles with a protester in New York as he grabs her megaphone on June 2, 2023. (Screenshot used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)

Several coalition lawmakers express support for Religious Zionism MK Simcha Rothman after he was filmed forcefully snatching away a protester’s megaphone in New York City.

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, the leader of the far-right Religious Zionism party, charges that “violence against him long ago crossed all the red lines.” He says he hopes local authorities bring charges against the protesters, who filed a police complaint against Rothman, denouncing them as a “handful of violent trolls who are eroding the foundations of our democracy.”

Smotrich adds that Rothman will continue to be a leading figure in the judicial overhaul push from his perch as chairman of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee

MK Tally Gotliv of the ruling Likud party claims the use of a megaphone near Rothman was an “assault in all senses” and praises him for his “quick instinct.”

“Oh, the hypocrisy of the left,” she tweets.

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